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Staten Island Chuck Bites Bloomberg, Draws Blood

Monday, February 02, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo.  February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten by a ground hog during a ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo Monday morning.

Bloomberg spoke to the media about the incident later that day, suggesting that Chuck very well could be a 'terrorist rodent' agent.

The city's prognosticating rodent, Charles G. Hogg, also known as Staten Island Chuck, bit through Bloomberg's glove when the mayor was trying to coax the animal into view with an ear of corn.

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

'It nicked his hand,' said Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser.

The mayor, who is left-handed, used a napkin to wrap the cut until he could check with his doctor about further treatment. He was told there was no risk of rabies because the 2-year-old animal was born and raised in captivity and has had no interaction with other animals.

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

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Comments [2]

beth in brooklyn

Really? The Mayor's been working his tail off for the City-- no pun intended. Our schools are better, our streets are better. The economy is bad all around but Bloomberg can lead us out of this. Weiner? Are you kidding me? He doesnt have any record to speak of EXCEPT maybe a goal here and there. According to the NYT, he plays a lot of sports-- wish he'd use that energy to help us!!

Feb. 02 2009 09:54 PM
D in the Bronx

Good for you Chuck. Why should you have to be subjected to this nonsense? All for the purpose of a photo op with hizonner? Fuhgedaboutit. An extra ration of groundhog goodies for you I say. Bloomie, you should be at the office fixing the cities economy, not messing about with this foolishness. I bet Anthony Weiner is hard at work today raising the $600 million he'll need to compete against you in the election. Must be nice to have all your campaign funds sitting somewhere drawing interest.

Feb. 02 2009 07:23 PM

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